Saturday, June 24, 2017

WRC Yellowstone National Park Challenge

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

Create a Challenge  Yellowstone National Park Challenge

National Park Challenge #1: Yellowstone National Park

Date: 07/01/17 - 00/00/00

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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park! You are entering one of America’s national treasures, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Whether you are just driving through or spending several days exploring the park, you will be amazed with beautiful landscapes, unique and colorful hot springs, historical buildings, bears, and bison and elk (oh my) and if you are lucky, a glimpse of the gray wolf or the endangered Canadian lynx. Enjoy your visit and remember, leave only footprints so as to preserve the area for many generations of visitors to come.

The park has five entrances that will lead you to one of two park roads, the upper loop road and the lower loop road. For this visit we will enter through the South Entrance because we flew into Jackson Hole, Wyoming and explored the Grand Teton National Park on our way north. We will follow the lower loop road to the town of West Yellowstone, Montana which will be our home base. West Yellowstone has more affordable lodging than what can be obtained in the park and several restaurants. Reservations at lodges inside the park should be made well in advance of your planned visit. There are several restaurants within the park as well but you should check the hours of service and give yourself plenty of time to get there.
The challenge begins on July 1, 2017.

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There are 4 levels to choose from: 

Picnicker-Complete 2 tasks in the Park Overview section and 3 tasks in either the Lower Loop Road or Upper Loop Road (this park is so large that you will only have time to complete one of the loops in a quick drive through so you must choose one or the other). 

Day-tripper-Complete 3 tasks in the Park Overview section, 3 tasks on the Lower Loop Road, 3 tasks on the Upper Loop Road and 1 spell-out.

Over-nighter-Complete 4 tasks in the Park Overview section, 5 tasks on the Lower Loop Road, 5 tasks on the Upper Loop Road and 2 spell-outs.

Explorer-Complete all tasks in each of the sections and 3 spell-outs. 

Challenge Rules: 

The page limit requirement is 125 pages, but you are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. Repost your challenge when you have completed the challenge, so I can mark you finished!

Challenge Updates: 

When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. If you want to share an update to your challenge, please copy and paste your update into a new message letting us know it is an update.

Completed Challenges: 

When you have completed this challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and repost in a new message, letting us know it is completed.

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Park Overview

☀ Yellowstone was the first national park in the United States and is widely believed to be the first in the world. ✿Read a book that is first in a series.

☀ It was established March 1, 1872 when Ulysses S. Grant signed the law from Congress.✿Read a book that is set during the civil war or has a 1, 8, 7, or a 2 in its page count.

☀ The park spans three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and is comprised of 3,468.4 square miles. ✿Read a book that is set in one of these three states or has a 3, 4, 6, or 8 in its publication year.

☀ Native American tribes in the area obtained obsidian to make tools from the park and also hunted and fished the area.✿Read a book that contains Native Americans as a major character or a book that has a character that hunts or fishes.

☀ The landscape of Yellowstone is diverse and consists of lakes, mountains, canyons and rivers.✿Read a book whose primary settings is one of these landscapes.

☀ Situated in the park is one of the largest highest elevation lakes in North America (Yellowstone Lake). ✿Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in Yellowstone Lake. 

☀ Yellowstone National Park is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. ✿Read a book that is large, 400+ pages. 

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Lower Loop Road:

☀ Since our home base for our visit is located in West Yellowstone we will visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center located there. This will give us a safe, up-close look at some of the animals that we might see in the wild.-Read a book with a bear or a wolf on the cover or a book whose characters encounter a wild bear or wolf or read a book with the word Wild in the title.

☀ Madison River-The road into the park from West Yellowstone follows the Madison River. Be on the lookout for elk, bison, bear and other wildlife near the river. This is an excellent river for trout fishing.-Read a book that follows another (any series book besides #1) or read a book with a fish on the cover.

☀ Artist Paintpots-If you are already tired of the crowds in Yellowstone a short walk to the Artist Paintpots will give you some relief. This is just one of the many areas that the geothermal features of the park are showcased. Beautiful colors of minerals show through in the hot spring pools and mud pots.-Read a book that has a colorful cover or a book that you would consider to be “hot” (hot is up to your interpretation). 

☀ Gibbon Falls-This is one of the most popular falls in the park. It is about 84 feet and drops gradually for a beautiful cascade.-Read a book with consecutive double letters in the title or a book whose total page count contains the number 8 or 4.

☀ Firehole Canyon- Firehole Canyon Drive, a side road, follows the Firehole River upstream from Madison River Junction to just above Firehole Falls. The drive takes sightseers past 800-foot thick lava flows. Firehole Falls is a 40-foot waterfall.-Read a book whose publication year contains a 0 or 4 or read a book that is thick, 400+ pages.

☀ Grand Prismatic Spring-This is the largest hot springs (370 feet in diameter) in the United States and is a must-see. This is a photographer’s delight with vivid hues of green, blue, orange and yellow.-Read a book whose cover is primarily green, blue, orange or yellow.

☀ Sapphire Pool-Sapphire Pool is named for its beautiful sapphire blue color. The water in this hot pool is crystal clear with a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit.-Read a book that has a jewel or a pool on the cover.

☀ Old Faithful-Old Faithful isn’t quit as faithful as it used to be but check at the Old Faithful Inn for approximate eruption times. Old Faithful isn’t the largest geyser in the park but it is still the most regular. Eruption intervals average 92 minutes and the eruption could last as long as 5 minutes.-Read a book with a timepiece on the cover (watch, clock, sundial, hourglass) or a book whose final page count contains a 5. 

☀ Yellowstone Lake- The largest high-altitude lake on the continent (7,737 feet), Yellowstone Lake and is great for fishing. There are several small townships with hotels, campgrounds, boat rentals and other leisure activities.-Read a book where camping, boating, hiking, or a picnic takes place. 

☀ Mud Volcano-Mud Volcano Area is very acidic. Iron sulfide is responsible for the dark-gray, blacker brown-colored water, while hydrogen sulfide produces the “rotten egg” smell common to the Mud Volcano area. One interesting feature in this area is Dragon’s Mouth. As hot water rises to the surface of this spring and explosion occurs that causes a belching and sloshing noise along with steam coming from the spring. It really does sound like a dragon is in the small cave.-Read a “rotten egg” off this list, don’t worry there are some really great books on this list. Or read a book with a dragon on the cover, the word dragon in the title or contains a dragon in the text. 

☀ Hayden Valley-This is a prime spot to view wildlife. If you see a great number of cars pulled over in this area then more than likely there is a bear or a wolf in the valley. Along with bear, expect to see bison, elk, coyote, and bald eagles. Be careful in this area and don’t wander too far from your vehicle as several hikers have been killed by bear in this area.-Read a book where someone is/was killed. Or read a book with binoculars, telescope or eyeglasses, or monocle on the cover.

☀ Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Upper and Lower Falls- Emerging from Yellowstone Lake, the Yellowstone River flows through beautiful Hayden Valley before it forms two spectacular waterfalls as it plunges into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a steep 20-mile-long gorge that resembles Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The upper falls drop a 109 feet and the lower falls drop 308 feet with a roar of crashing water. The artist point cliff provides a wonderful view and a great photo backdrop. Many famous artists have captured the beauty of the falls in their work.- Read a book that has a waterfall on the cover or read a book whose author’s initials can be found in the words Grand Canyon.

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Upper Loop Road

☀ Dunraven Pass-At 8,859 feet this is the highest pass in the park. Because of the elevation it can get snow at any time of the year.-Read a book from this list

☀ Mount Washburn-Mount Washburn is a spectacular peak in Yellowstone National Park. It rises to an impressive 10,243 feet and is the highest in the Washburn Range. Various hikes lead up its flanks including the Mount Washburn Trail, considered one of the best hikes in the park. In summer, visitors can see beautiful wildflowers here as well as bighorn sheep grazing on its slopes.-Go to the bottom of your “to-read” and click the little arrow next to the sort box and choose “num ratings” and then in the box per page choose 40. Read a book on this page or read a book whose first letter in each title word can be found in bighorn sheep, title must have at least 3 words and all words count.

☀ Roosevelt Lodge Historic District-This area contains 143 buildings ranging in size from cabins to the lodge, built starting in 1919. It was planned to give the ambience of a dude ranch.-Read a book that is tagged as a western or read a book published in the 1900’s.

☀ Petrified Tree-Trying to fathom that something can be tens of millions of years old is hard to do. Well, that is how old the Petrified Tree is. This now solid rock was once a giant redwood tree surrounded by a forest of trees just like it.-Read one the 10 oldest books on your “to-read” list.

☀ Lamar Valley-This expansive valley along the Lamar River, in Yellowstone’s northeast section, is often called America’s Serengeti for its large and easy-to-see populations of large mammals. Among the most popular are the wolf packs that live in this area. Others include grizzly bear, badgers, pronghorn, deer and bison. There are multiple pull-offs and if you see lots of vehicles pulled over there is something to see. Be sure not to walk between the photographers and their subjects because they WILL yell at you.-Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in Serengeti. 

☀ Minerva Terrace- On the east flank of Terrace Mountain (8,012 feet), Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the world's finest examples of thermal springs that deposit travertine. Some 60 hot springs pepper the area at temperatures of between 64 degrees and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and their scalding waters dissolve calcium carbonate in the surrounding limestone forming a series of constantly evolving travertine steps. One of the most beautiful examples is multi-hued Minerva Terrace.-Read a book that has a colorful cover or has a staircase on the cover.

☀ Fort Yellowstone- Yellowstone's first superintendents struggled with poaching, vandalism, squatting and other problems. In 1886, the U.S Army soldiers marched into Mammoth Hot Springs at the request of the Secretary of the Interior and took charge of Yellowstone. Soldiers oversaw Fort Yellowstone's construction—sturdy red-roofed buildings still in use today as the Albright Visitor Center, offices, and employee housing.-Read a book that is tagged as historical or is about an army or a war.

☀ Albright Visitor Center- The Albright Visitor Center is located at Mammoth Hot Springs, five miles inside the North Entrance and at the northwest corner of the upper loop of the Grand Loop Road. This historic structure was built by the United States Army in 1909 as bachelor officers' quarters for the cavalry troops who protected the park before the creation of the National Park Service. Exhibits help orient you to Yellowstone’s natural and cultural treasures, and provide information for a safe and enjoyable visit by visitors of all abilities. Albright Visitor Center has served the visitors and resources of Yellowstone National Park since 1909.-Read a book where one of the main characters is a bachelor or the final page count contains a 1, 9, or 0.

☀ Roaring Mountain-This hissing mountain of steam is the only thing like it in the park. Roaring Mountain is a barren hillside of thermal features called fumaroles. It got its name from the loud hissing and roaring that it makes due to thermal activity and could be heard miles away in the days of its discovery. Nowadays the roaring has quieted a bit but can still be heard if you listen carefully. There are no trees on the most active parts of Roaring Mountain due to the intense heat and gases that emanate through its vents.-Read a book that has smoke, steam, or fog on the cover or a book whose author’s first and last initials can be found in Fumaroles. 

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When spelling out, you may use the first letter of the book's title or series name or the first letter of the author's first or last name.
*For book titles beginning with the words "A", "An", "The", you may use these words or not - your choice.


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AMMP July 2017 Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads

This month we're going on vacation to the beach. Whether your preferred beach vacation house looks like this,

like this, 

or like this,

we've got you covered.

Since one of the wonderful things about vacation is that we can relax the rules, for this month only you may find as many words as you want in each book. However, the badges this month are per book. So if you find all 25 words in one book, you get one badge. If you find one word per book for all 25 words you get 25 badges. It is not necessary to include the sentence, unless you want to. Page number or location are fine. 

There is a bonus badge for reading a book set at a beach, as well as one for reading a book with any type of vacation in it.

Word List:
Bathing suit (variants such as swimming suit or bikini are fine)
Ice cream
(Sand) Castle

Badges (may be claimed in any order):

Bonus badge for reading a book set at a beach. Ladies Choice:

Bonus badge for reading a book with a vacation in it:

A Trip Down Memory Lane - 1998 (Jul-Sep 2017)

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads


Every 3 months we will give you a list of facts about a randomly selected year with reading tasks to go with them. Read one book for each task. 


*Books may only be used for one task
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
* Where more than one option is given for a task, please state which option your book relates to.
*Please explain briefly how your book fits a task.
*If the task relates to the cover of your book, please post the cover.
*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go but also post an occasional message to let us know how you're getting on, if you would like to.

*When you have finished please re-post your whole challenge as a new message or we will not be able to award your Hall of Fame badge! 


Fond Memories: 1-5 tasks
Reminiscing: 6-10 tasks
Nostalgia: 11-15 tasks

Duration: 1st July 2017 - 30th September 2017

This quarter the year is: 1998


1. Most watched TV show– ER
Read a book that features a medical professional (doctor, nurse etc)

2. Best selling single (UK) – Believe - Cher 
Read a book with a one word title.

3. Best selling album (US) – 'Titanic' Original Soundtrack - James Horner
Read a book that has been made into a film.

4. Most popular film – Armageddon 
Read a book where somebody goes into space OR featuring a major disaster.

5. Best selling book – The Street Lawyer - John Grisham
Read a book that involves a courtroom trial.

6. Celebrities of the year – Robbie Williams / Faith Hill / Drew Barrymore / Will Smith
Read a book by an author who shares a first or last name with one of these people.
(I will accept different spellings of names but not different forms i.e for Robbie Williams, 'Robby' would be acceptable but not 'Rob' or 'Robert')

7. Born this year – Apr 9th - Elle Fanning - (Actress sister of Dakota Fanning)
Read a book featuring sisters.

8. Died this year – Feb 6th - Carl Wilson - (Guitarist/ singer with 'The Beach Boys'.)
Read a book set in the summer OR with a beach scene on the cover.


9. Jan 17th - Story breaks of President Bill Clinton's alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Read a book involving an illicit affair.

10. Feb/Mar - Five week blackout in Auckland, New Zealand.
Read a book with a black cover.

11. Apr 22nd – Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Read a book with an animal character. (Shifters are acceptable)

12. Jul 12th - Host nation France wins the final of the 16th FIFA World Cup.
Read a book published in 2016.

13. Sep 4th - Search engine GOOGLE is founded.
Read a book with a title starting with one of the letters in GOOGLE.

14. Dec 26th - The Great Boxing Day Storm - Severe gale force winds hit Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.
Read a book where bad weather plays an important part.

15. 1998 is the International Year of the Ocean (YOTO), by declaration of the United Nations.
Read a book with water on the cover.

July Scattergories

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads

The general rules of Scattergories are you are given a list of categories and a time limit. Then the letter dice is rolled and you have to come up with something that matches your letter and the category.

This “Challenge” works in conjunction with the other challenges you may participate in this month. You may use a book to fulfill multiple items (you don't have to read 12 books this month...don't worry!) While you are fulfilling the requirements of your other challenges, be on the lookout for the following items (they may be on the cover or mentioned in the book)

Rules: books must be 150+ pages, rereads are ok, as long as you read the whole thing, you must read more than 50% of the book in the month of the challenge, please post a link to the book and author and post the date you finished reading the book. Please repost your entire challenge to have the mods verify and to have badges awarded

The Challenge: I will post a list of 12 categories, 6 general relating to any book, and 6 specific to that month. You can start reading on the 1st. The goal is to get as many points as possible by the end of the month.

The scoring: for the first 6 tasks, you need to read 
1. A book with a title that begins with the letter of the month
2. A book with an author whose first or last name begin with the letter of the month
3. A book with a Main Character whose first or last name begins with the letter of the month (I will accept a nick name)
4. A book with a Secondary Character whose first or last name begins with the letter of the month. (I will accept a nick name)
5. A book that has a location beginning with the letter of the month (either a name or a place - library/Lincoln)
6. A book with an item on the cover that begins with the letter of the month. (you must post the cover & state what the item is.)
For 1-4, you can score additional points for more words starting with the letter of the month - the authors/characters first AND last name begin with letter of the month or the title has more words beginning with the letter of the month). Score 1 extra point per word/name beginning with letter of the month.
For the Specials Section, you can either find the given word in the text of your book for one point OR you can find a word that fits the given word that begins with the letter of the month for 2 points. 
(if the given letter is T & you are looking for "Chocolate" you can find the word Chocolate or find "Truffle" or "Turtle" (as in the candy kind.) If you find the word Chocolate you score 1 point. If you find a word that begins with the letter of the month, you score 2 points. 
Please give the location of the word and the sentence it is found in. For every word in that sentence that begins with the letter of the month, you get one more point per word. {Tyler found Tami's favorite TRUFFLES at the local pharmacy. Score for this sentence: 5 points: Tyler (1) Tami (1) Truffles (2) the (1)}

July 1, 2017-July 31, 2017

1. Book Title:
2. Author:
3. Main Character:
4. Secondary Character:
5. Place:
6. Cover:

July Specials: 

Many countries celebrate their INDEPENDENCE day during July. Sometimes the long, hot days of July are called the DOG Days of Summer. July is National ICE CREAM Month. July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the MOON. In 1963, ZIP codes fo into use and in 1946, the BIKINI makes its debut at a Paris fashion show. 

7. Independence
8. Dog
9. Ice Cream
10. Moon
11. Zip
12. Bikini